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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

REGENCY CHRISTMAS THEMED ATC BOOKCASE AND BOOK BOXES – NEW COLLAGE SHEETS

Tis the season to be jolly and I’m kicking things off with a versatile bookcase project.  I say versatile, because this has so many possibilities.  Since we are in the height of the holiday season I decided to go with a regency period Christmas theme because the Regency period is my favorite; it’s a Jane Austen thing.  

The generous side and back areas were perfect for creating scenes using my four new holiday collage sheets.  And speaking of new collage sheets, Alpha Stamps is giving one of them away free with purchase; you'll find the details below.
In the spacious drawer at the bottom of the bookcase you can store all kinds of goodies.
This bookcase just happens to be perfect for storing and displaying ATCs.  The books you see displayed in the cabinet are ATC sized and I’ve used them in a variety of ways.  One book is an accordion folded book displaying ATCs, one contains a stack of ATCs and one is a shadow box book. 
SHADOW BOX BOOK
ACCORDIAN FOLD ATC BOOK
ATC STORAGE BOOK
With all of the lovely new holiday vintage scrapbook papers that Alpha Stamps is carrying and my new collage sheet images, I couldn’t resist putting together a few ATCs.
If ATCs are not your thing, I’ve staged the bookcase as a mini secretary.  This bookcase would also work fabulously for storing and displaying this and future season's Christmas cards.

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS

This collage sheet contains 9 regency period (Jane Austen) images of women and men in winter fashions surrounded by various sized and shaped snowflakes.

This sheet contains 6 regency period (Jane Austen) images of women, men and children dressed for the holiday and various seasonal decorations.


This sheet contains 6 regency period (Jane Austen) women, children and men celebrating all the good things of the season such as music and seasonal food.  Included are also other complementary items such as musical instruments, sheet music, a wreath of fruit, frames, banners, birds and tasty treats.
 


The Holiday Wreaths Collage Sheet (by yours truly) is FREE with ALL ORDERS place on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th & 9th at ALPHA STAMPS.
On this sheet you’ll find 7 unique festive wreaths in multiple sizes for a total of 17 wreaths.
THE DETAILS
Below you’ll find some details on how I made various components of this project.
THE BOOKCASE WITH DRAWER
The bookcase is made from an easy to assemble kit.  The main structure consists of a base, two sides, a back piece, a top piece and a center shelf.
The spacious drawer consists of a base and four side pieces with one piece pre-drilled to accommodate a knob.
I started by assembling the main structure and drawer.  I then painted any parts that were not going to be papered and added decorative paper.  The last step was to add images from the collage sheets to the sides, back, and top of the bookcase.  I also added dimensional elements like the greenery and birds.
ATC BOOKS
The ATC Books come in a simple to assemble kit.  There are pieces for the deep side of the book, a cover and a spine.
For this project I made three books, each demonstrating a possible use.  In one book I stored a stack of ATCs, in another I inserted paper that was accordion folded for attaching ATCs and in the last one is a shadow box book.

To bind together the accordion folded book example, I used bookbinding tape which is also referred to as paper tape.  The tape has sturdy fabric on one side and adhesive on the other.  You can purchase it online or in bookbinding stores and it comes in different colors.  I usually stick with white for more flexibility, as it can be colored with paint or stained, it can be stamped or you can apply rub-ons.


For two of the books I used ribbon as a closure by gluing it to the front and back of the book before adding paper and collage sheet images.  For all of the books I glued the spine to the side of the back section of the book.

To attach the paper tape, I first cut a section based on the size of the book.  I removed the backing from the adhesive side of the tape and attached it to the front of the book. Next, I wrapped the tape around the spine and then around to the back of the book.
I inked the tape and added paper, collage sheet images and other embellishments to the front, back and spine of the book.
SHADOWBOX BOOK WITH TABLE & CLOCK
To create the table for the shadowbox; I used a die-cut chipboard image of a table that comes as part of a set of furniture.  I cut off the bottom of the legs as the table would have been too high for the opening of the book.  Next, I cut a piece of heavy chipboard the width of the book opening and slightly shallower.  Then, I slightly bent the table and glued it to the chipboard.  For support, I attached square beads to the back of the table and to the table top.
The clock is also a die-cut image of a clock that comes as part of a different set of furniture.  To make the clock more realistic, I added brass embellishments and gold stickers which I also added the table.
I dressed up the front of the table with greenery and the top with a cake plate stacked with polymer clay goodies, a candlestick and glass.



DETAIL MASTER SUPPLY LIST
COLLAGE SHEETS
4 Inch Shrine Facades Collage Sheet – Pediment on bookcase
PAPER
CHIPBOARD
EMBELLISHMENTS

2 comments:

claude said...

excellent, thank you
hugs

Tarnished Rose said...

Gorgeous and I love the colors you chose.

Marilyn